Manage wireless adapter settings with the Command Prompt / PowerShell


Software: Windows 7, 8 & 10 | Last modified on 2018-06-18


A guide to managing wireless network connections with the Command Prompt or PowerShell.

View information about installed drivers & adapters


  1. Open the Command Prompt (Admin) or PowerShell (Admin).

  • Execute netsh WLAN show drivers to view information about all installed adapter drivers.
  • Execute netsh WLAN show wirelesscapabilities to view all supported wireless adapter capabilities.
  • Execute netsh WLAN show interfaces to view specific wireless adapter information.


Show all available network connections


  1. Open the Command Prompt (Admin) or PowerShell (Admin).

  • Execute netsh wlan show network to view all available network connections.


Recover the network security key


  1. Open the Command Prompt (Admin) or PowerShell (Admin).

  • Execute netsh wlan show profiles to view all current wireless connections that are installed on the device.

  • Execute netsh WLAN show profile name="ProfileName" key=clear to view the security key of a specific network.
    Replace ProfileName with the listed profile name found with the previous command.


Delete a wireless network connection profile


  1. Open the Command Prompt (Admin) or PowerShell (Admin).

  • Execute netsh wlan show profiles to view all current wireless connections that are installed on the device.

  • Execute netsh wlan delete profile name="ProfileName" to delete a specific profile.
    Replace ProfileName with the listed profile name found with the previous command.

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